I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Also by this author: Pivot Point, Split Second, The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, The Fill-In Boyfriend
Published by Scholastic Inc. on July 26th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Social Themes, Friendship, Family, General
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Signed, sealed, delivered... While spacing out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her. Intrigue! Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters -- sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she's kind of falling for this letter writer. Only who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery, and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can't always be spelled out... Kasie West brings irresistible wit, warmth, and sparkle to this swoon-worthy story of love showing up when you least expect it. Praise for P.S. I Like You: "Lily is one of the funniest heroines I've met in a long time. This is my favorite Kasie West book yet!" -- Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan "Clever and heartwarming. P.S. I love this book, and you will too!" -- Lisa Schroeder, author of The Bridge from Me to You "Readers after an enjoyable beach romance won't go wrong with this." -- Kirkus Reviews
I love how when I need a solid read, Kasie West ALWAYS delivers. I do not like how when I finish one of her books that means there’s one less book in my reserves. The feeling of having a Kasie West book to look forward to is amazing. P.S. I Like You is the latest Kasie West book that I read, actually, I read it on Christmas Eve instead of wrapping up presents like I was supposed to do. FYI, I regret NOTHING!
Lily, the narrating main character of Kasie West’s PS I Like You is what you might call unique. She has her own sense of fashion and writes songs. Only, no one ever sees or hears her song lyrics. Anyways, she has this notebook that she’s always writing in and she gets caught by her chemistry teacher and is restricted to one piece of paper to take notes on. Bored, Lily scribbles out some lyrics on the desk. Imagine her surprise when she sees the obscure lyrics completed by another student the next day. What happens is a bit of a secret penpal thing. Lily, of course, begins to fall for her penpal. Will her pen pal return her feelings?
YOU GUYS! I LOVE THIS BOOK, PS! I bet like a thousand other reviewers have already said that and I am terribly unoriginal. Alas, Kasie West has knocked it out of the park again. So, I guessed who Lily’s pen pal was pretty quickly and thank goodness. This book has one of my favorite types of romance. There’s definitely some major chemistry between Lily and the mystery guy — both when they write to each other and when they interact with each other outside of the desk. The way that the romance plays out in P.S. I Like You will be sure to have you grinning.
Other bonus elements in P.S. I Like You? There’s Lily’s family. Both of her parents are still together and she’s one of four kids. Life is hectic with Lily’s family and it is the best. If you like books with big families, you’ll enjoy this one. There’s also Lily’s friendship which is wonderful and makes me think a little bit of Ann and Leslie, but as teenagers with insecurities. I just really basically overall love this book and if you need a delight in your life, you should read it.
Other reviews of P.S. I Like You by Kasie West:
- Andi’s ABCs – “I was left swooning and smiling“
- Quinn’s Book Nook – “fans of her books will still so enjoy this one“
- The Book Hookup – “I seriously feel punch-drunk giddy“
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I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Narrator: Rebecca Lowman
Length: 8 Hours 14 Minutes
Published by Harper Collins on February 10th 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Social Themes, Suicide, Depression, Romance, General
Format: Audiobook, eARC, ARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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“Alive with intensity, gut-wrenching honesty, moments of humor, and—of course—heart. Not to be missed.”—Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and The Walls Around Us
A stunning novel about the transformative power of love, perfect for fans of Jay Asher and Laurie Halse Anderson.
Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.
There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution—Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner.
Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.
My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga is a bit heavier than my typical fare lately. This is the sort of book that just really hits you in the gut. It really sticks with you too. I wouldn’t call this an issue book even though the theme of suicide plays pretty heavily into the story. My Heart And Other Black Holes is the book for you if you’re looking for a more serious contemporary book.
Jasmine Warga’s My Heart And Other Black Holes is told from the point of view of Aysel. Aysel is currently a member of this suicide pact message board website. One day she logs on and finds someone looking for a suicide partner within her general geography. So, she messages the person. She goes the meet the person and it turns out that he’s this popular guy from a nearby town. Aysel goes to meet him and finds out why he wants to end his life.
She, however, holds back as to why she wants to end hers. Yet, the two make a pact to end on a specific day that is important to Roman – pertaining to a tragedy that he experienced. However, as Aysel begins to know Roman more, she essentially falls for him and finds herself wanting to prevent his death and maybe even looking at her death differently too.
My Heart And Other Black Holes is an incredible read. I think that the way Warga ties in physics is worthy of admiration. The way Aysel is written – from her self imposed loneliness at school to why she beats herself up over something that happened in the past – is expertly done. I loved how she evolves Aysel’s feelings about the act that she wants to commit. It’s a natural, gradual evolution.
I listened to the audiobook of My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga via Hoopla. It’s narrated by Rebecca Lowman who is going on my list of narrators to look for. Lowman captures the essence of the writing and character so wonderfully. The audiobook is definitely listen-worthy.
Other reviews of My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga:
- Pure Imagination – “a compelling read“
- Leaning Tower Of Tomes – “a perfect balance of humor and hope“
- The Book Nut – “a story of hope“
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I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel
Narrator: Luci Christian
Length: 9 Hours 53 Minutes
Published by HarperCollins on June 30th 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Social Themes, Dating & Sex, Romance, General, Peer Pressure
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
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A luminous YA love story that evokes Judy Blume's Forever for a new generation.
Sarah—Bean to her friends and family—is an aspiring astronomer and champion mathlete. She lives behind her beloved telescope, with her head in the stars and her feet planted firmly on the ground. For as long as she can remember, she's also lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett.
But after a traumatic end to the school year, Sarah goes to Cape Cod for the summer with her family, determined to grow up. It's there that she meets gorgeous, older college boy Andrew. He sees her as the girl she wants to be. A girl like Scarlett. He thinks she's older, too—and she doesn't correct him.
For Sarah, it's a summer of firsts. Before she knows what's happened, one little lie has transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself.
Fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins are destined to fall for this romantic and heartfelt coming-of-age novel about how life and love are impossible to predict.
Between Us And The Moon by Rebecca Maizel was an audiobook that I listened to on a whim. Sure, I had a hard copy laying around the house that I was ready to read and release via decluttering. However, there are tons of books like that around the house. Yet, something about the cover and the story just struck me at a particular moment this December. So, I decided to give the audiobook a whirl and download it from Hoopla. Alas, I did not love Between Us And The Moon very much.
Between Us And The Moon is Rebecca Maizel’s story about this girl named Sarah who is really into charting the sky for a potential scholarship. In the beginning of the summer she is broken up with by her long time boyfriend because he’s a douche who cheated on her. She then goes to Cape Cod for the summer at her aunt’s house. Her older sister Scarlet is heading out to ballet school. Scarlet is very glamorous and outgoing. Sarah wants to be more like her, so she borrows her swim suit and goes to the beach. There she meets a boy. A COLLEGE BOY named Andrew to be exact. Only, Sarah’s like fifteen when the book starts and eventually turns 16. Or maybe it was 16 and turns 17. Either way, the girl is jailbait.
Essentially the book is all about how Sarah really comes into her own and puts a little less pressure on herself and begins to dress differently. It’s about how she pursues this romance with Andrew because he’s older and mature and so different from the ex boyfriend, also it seems like something that Scarlet would do. Eventually though, Sarah does get caught in her lies and it will come to kind of haunt her.
I guess I find myself feeling aggravated that she lied about her age to her romantic interest. I mean, she could get him into serious trouble and for what? A summer of adventure? Perhaps I am a bit of an old stick in the mud but this was super irksome. I guess I really felt like Sarah was kind of annoying and I felt hard pressed to feel any empathy for her.
As for the audiobook, it is narrated by Luci Christian. It is 9 hours and 53 minutes long — and you do feel every bit of that length. I thought this audiobook was okay, but I am not sure that I enthusiastically recommend it.
Other reviews of Between Us And The Moon by Rebecca Maizel:
- Reading With Jenna – “I felt like there wasn’t enough character development in the book“
- A Book And A Latte – “I felt Rebecca Maizel’s writing and characterizations were fantastic“
- The Young Folks – “I was pleasantly surprised“